On June 24, Stan Skrzeszewski presented “Laura Blackwell, Our Countess of Turczynowicz: Opera Singer, Activist, Independent Woman” for the last meeting of the 2020-2021 season. This is a one of a kind story that should not be missed. Click below to begin the video.
On March 27, the Historical Society had the pleasure of hosting David Sharron’s, head of the Archives & Special Collections department at Brock University, illustrated talk entitled, “Searching for St. Catharines in the Archives.” Archival records are everywhere. Finding them is the challenge.
Using the Shickluna Shipyard as an example, David displayed the varied records related to St. Catharines available in the Brock Archives and gave hints how to find such materials when conducting research.
On April 22 at 7:30 p.m., the Historical Society had the pleasure of hosting Rochelle Bush who presented on the BME Church, Salem Chapel in St. Catharines. Designated a National Historical Site, the Church was built to accommodate African American individuals and families fleeing slavery in the United States notably including Harriet Tubman. The Salem Chapel remains an active congregation today. Rochelle is a Church Historian and Trustee.